BOARD MEETING MINUTES – September 20, 2013
Present: Alan Goodman, Ph.D., LCMHC, Shawn Hassell, MS, LMFT, Kim Spencer, MSW, LICSW, Honorable Joseph P. Nadeau, Public Member, Jane Power Kilcoyne, Ed.D. and Kathleen Skinner Shulman, Ed.D., Public Member.
Not present: Dayl H. Hufford, D.Min., LPP
Board meeting was called to order at 9:00 AM.
Draft minutes of the July 19, 2013 meeting were reviewed by the Board. Motion was made by Shawn Hassell and seconded by Kim Spencer to amend III Discussion and Review C. Candidate for licensure to read:
C. Candidate for licensure – In as much as psychologists are licensed by the Board of Psychology, candidates for licensed independent clinical social worker, licensed pastoral psychotherapist, licensed clinical mental health counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist must be supervised by a practitioner licensed with the Board of Mental Health Practice. Motion was made by Alan Goodman and seconded by Jane Kilcoyne that candidates for licensure be supervised by a practitioner licensed with the Board of Mental Health Practice pursuant to specific rules required for each profession.
Vote: For: JN, AG, SH, JK, KS, KSS
Motion was made by Shawn Hassell and seconded by Jane Kilcoyne to approve the minutes as amended.
Vote: For: JN, AG, SH, JK
Recused: KS, KSS
A.Twaddle, Julia – The Board reviewed a letter from Julia Twaddle in which she shared her frustration with Board rules for working and licensing mental health counselors in New Hampshire. Board Chair, Joseph Nadeau, will send a letter to Ms. Twaddle.
B. Perry, Wayne, D.Min., Ph.D., LMFT – The Board reviewed a letter from Dr. Perry asking the Board for a response to the following questions:
1) Because NCU’s Master in marriage and family therapy is a
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Education
(COAMFTE) accredited program does it by default, based on 330-A:21
and Mhp 302.20 (a)(1), meet the New Hampshire educational
requirements; 2) If the answer to the previous question is “no” does the
additional information provided help to clarify if a degree at NCU meets
the state requirements; 3) if the answer to the first two questions is no,
what additional information would be needed to help determine if the
degree meets the state requirements; and 4) Because the program is
predominately distance based would the degree not be accepted even
though it is a COAMFTE accredited degree?
Motion was made by Shawn Hassell and seconded by Alan Goodman to
inform Dr. Perry that the answer to question one, two and three is no. As
the NH Administrative Rules are currently written there is a residency
requirement and additional information would not change that
requirement. In response to question four, applicants may submit a
Petition for Waiver for Board review. Any such waiver would have to be
submitted at the time of application for licensure. Please refer to NH
Administrative Rule Mhp 212.01 Petitions for Waiver.
Vote: For: JN, AG, SH, KS, JK, KSS
II. LEGISLATION UPDATE
A. Rep. Harding, Laurie – The Board reviewed an email from Representative Harding asking it for input on possible legislation for the 2014 legislative session which would require mental health professionals to obtain CEU’s on substance use disorders and suicide. Motion was made by Shawn Hassell and seconded by Kim Spencer to send Representative Harding a response stating the Board recognizes that substance abuse treatment and suicide prevention education is important but before offering a comment on legislation, the Board would like to have an opportunity to study the draft of the proposed bill.
Vote: For: JN, AG, SH, KS, JK, KSS
III. DISCUSSION AND REVIEW
A. Graduate program course sheet – The course sheet will not be used at this time. At its November meeting, the Board will review the addition of two questions to the application for licensure concerning program accreditation and online, telephonic or remote learning.
B. Biennial Report – The Board reviewed the Biennial Report for FY ’12 – FY ’13. Motion was made by Alan Goodman and seconded by Shawn Hassell to approve the report and send it to Governor and Council. Motion passed unanimously.
C. Board Investigator – Motion was made by Jane Kilcoyne and seconded by Kim Spencer to appoint Dayl H. Hufford, D.Min. as the Board Investigator. Motion passed unanimously.
D. Rulemaking process schedule - The Board will revisit proposed administrative rule changes for Mhp 100-500.
E. Professional Conduct Investigators – The Board is in need of Professional Conduct Investigators (PCI). Ms. Lynch will draft an information sheet outlining the duties of a PCI and compensation received for Board review in November.
IV. NEW BUSINESS
A. Licensee’s addresses - Mailing addresses of licensees are available to the public. Information on how to change your mailing address with the Board is posted at www.nh.gov/mhpb.
B. ASWB Annual Meeting – Motion was made by Kim Spencer and seconded by Jane Kilcoyne to allow Jamie Stevens to attend the ASWB Annual Meeting from November 7 – 9, 2013 as the NH delegate. ASWB will pay all expenses. Motion passed unanimously.
C. Right to Know Request – The Board reviewed a right to know request from Leeland Eisenberg asking for a hard copy of the names and addresses of licensed clinical mental health and licensed independent clinical social workers. Mr. Eisenberg asked the Board to waive the copy fee. Motion was made by Alan Goodman and seconded by Kim Spencer to deny his request to waive the fee and send him an Affidavit of Indigency.
Upon the motion of Alan Goodman and seconded by Jane Kilcoyne, the Board, by roll call vote, resolved to conduct a non-public session for the purpose of discussing applications, investigations of alleged misconduct of licensees, final disciplinary action and other adjudicatory decisions, in accordance with RSA 91-A:3, II (c), RSA 91-A:3, II (e), RSA 91-A:5, IV, Lodge v. Knowlton, 118 N.H. 574 (1978), RSA 330-A:29, V, and the Board’s executive and deliberative privileges. Each member recorded his or her vote on the motion, which passed by the unanimous vote of all members present.
[Non-public minutes held separately]
Upon the motion of Jane Kilcoyne and the second of Alan Goodman, the Board by roll call vote, resolved to withhold the minutes of the preceding non-public session, with the exception of approved applications, responses to motions and disciplinary actions until they are served, and CEU’s for Professional Conduct Investigators from public disclosure pursuant to RSA 91-A:3, III on the grounds that public disclosure would be likely to affect adversely the reputation of a person other than a Board member and to render the proposed action ineffective. Each member recorded his or her vote on the motion, which passed by the unanimous vote of all members present.
I. APPLICATIONS APPROVED FOR LICENSURE
A. Approved mental health counselors: Shauna Delworth, Keri Rumley Fernald, Sandra Luiz, Lindsey White, Joyce Chisholm, Daniel Roden, Sarah Jane Chaplin and Dawn Merrill.
B. Approved clinical social workers: Abbey Simon, Cynthia Taska, Beverly Vermeer, Ashley Norman, Kristen Davin, Eboni McClarence, Jennifer Comeau, Brad Rzepniewski, Kristina Lind and Thomas Cormican
C. Approved marriage & family therapists – Sarah Minella
D. Approved pastoral psychotherapists – no applicants reviewed this month
II. APPROVED CANDIDATE FOR LICENSURE: SUPERVISORY AGREEMENTS
A. Mental Health Counselors: Bonnie Cote, Jacqueline Davis, Hayley Langmaid, Erica Lemoyne, James Stoddard, Erica Salamy, Lorrie Ripley, Ann Thorne, Alissa Gallo, Ann Bosse, Thomas Dinsmore, Tarnya Fegan and Sherry Morrall
B. Social Workers: Melissa Brahams, Judy McAuley, Kimberly Mueller, Erin Cox-Slosberg, Loni Rowe, Karen Frarie, Bryan Randolph, Jacquelyn O’Connor, Melissa Lamarone, Jennifer Boudreau, Jordan McAllister, Chelsea Coffman, Kara Barnes and Laura Berman..
C. Marriage & Family Therapists: Diana Cavaliere
D.Pastoral Psychotherapists: no agreements for review this month.
III. NOTICE OF HEARING
A. Spiegler, Jeffrey, LCMHC – Docket No. 12-002 – A hearing is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11 am.
Meeting was adjourned at 2:15 PM
Next meeting scheduled for October 18, 2013